Springboard Launches Accelerator Program for Early Stage European Startups


Springboard aims to help early stage startups. The program offers seed capital, office space, and "most importantly - that magical ingredient of 'smart-community' with mentors and other entrepreneurs." Springboard has launched a new mentorship-led accelerator program for European startups. Springboard debuted in 2009 as an " accidental incubator " emerging from the company Red Gate Software.

Timing: When to raise seed funding.

Scalable Startup

Raising seed capital is a tricky business. They come in lots of different flavors and stages of fundability. Most are making major mistakes in their approach when seeking capital. High growth startup companies need seed money to get things going. Capital = Growth.

Answers to 10 Critical Questions for Seed-Stage Startups [SlideShare]

View from Seed

In the last six months, we’ve been asked and answered several key questions about seed-stage startups and raising seed capital. So The View From Seed is not for broad, sweeping statements, theoretical ideas, or debating IPO-ready companies.

Repeat Founders and the Risk of a False Positive

View from Seed

A number of blog posts recently have mentioned this, but we seem to be experiencing a rise in repeat founders starting new businesses and raising seed capital. These seem like good things, but could lead you to a place where you have been trapped by a string of early false-positives.

How Hardware Startups Gain Initial Traction [Episode #14: Ben Einstein]

View from Seed

In our latest episode, Ben Einstein , Founder/Partner of BOLT , an early-stage VC investing in hardware startups, shares the stories of several connected devices and hardware companies and their tricks and challenges. We compare and contrast software to hardware in this episode, examining three core aspects of building any company: Building early products (customer dev, prototypes, etc.). Raising seed capital. (In

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re Others believe that new business models are emerging that could replace venture capital all together.

Harvard’s Big Moves to Improve Its Startup Spirit: An HBS Student’s Take

View from Seed

He is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School and will be focused on supporting the early-stage startup community in Boston and its schools. This is his first post to The View From Seed.

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The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

A company raises $1m of seed money from angels in a convertible note with a $6m cap. But instead of adding it on to the note or doing an equity round with a price, which could still be an early stage price but below the cap, they make the argument that since the company couldn’t raise a round, the company is worthless. So the new investment gets 60%, the founders get 39.9%, and the $1m of seed money gets 0.1%. Venture Capital fg angels recap seed

Reading the Tea Leaves: Where Am I in My Seed Fundraise, Really?

View from Seed

One of the things we frequently discuss with founders is how to interpret and manage their dialogue with VCs when raising capital. We’ve written before on how to research partners , how to pitch the right investor at a given firm, and how to raise seed capital , generally speaking.

Setting Up Your Accounting System

Feld Thoughts

They’ve done a bunch of other mundane things, such as establishing a business checking account and depositing Jane’s $50k in seed capital, but like all good early stage entrepreneurs, they’ve spent most of their time obsessing about their product, talking to a few potential early customers about what they needed, and coding away on their MVP. And, as you grow, make sure you find mentors like John to help you at at the appropriate stages.

Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

If you’re a scalable startup, you want to spend small amounts of money (seed capital) as you run experiments testing your hypotheses. And at this early stage you’ll be giving up a larger percentage of your firm to investors. Filed under: Venture Capital.

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How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups

View from Seed

The question arose: What is a seed VC’s process like when a company is pre-product? We have a bias towards very early stage investing for a bunch of reasons, but it’s not easy. I think this stage, more than others, is very dependent on the individual investor.

Free Templates for Great Startup Pitch Decks, Direct from VCs

View from Seed

Today, NextView Ventures is excited to release a pillar project in our Growth Guides series: pitch deck templates for raising seed capital. For context, last year, based on questions from our existing portfolio, we launched two board deck templates for seed-stage startups.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.

Good News! Angels Are Getting More Optimistic


If you’re looking for seed or startup capital, the time to make your move is now. The study found angel interest in early-stage investing is growing. If your business is beyond the seed capital stage, there’s still good news for you.

Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

If you’re a scalable startup, you want to spend small amounts of money (seed capital) as you run experiments testing your hypotheses. And at this early stage you’ll be giving up a larger percentage of your firm to investors. Filed under: Venture Capital.

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Rolling Closes Versus Synchronous Closes


I have participated in many different types of seed rounds, but based on my experience of participating in over 100 seeds over the last 5+ years, I’d say the majority of those seed rounds (including around YC) were orchestrated by the founder to close on a specific date. What I do feel deeply, however, is that we all in the early-stage startup ecosystem are likely being a bit too over-protective. ” Career Culture Technology Venture Capital

TinySeed Applications Open January 18th

Software By Rob

Hundreds and hundreds of tweets, re-tweets, likes, Hacker News upvotes, email responses…it was immediately obvious that there is pent up demand for this kind of alternative early-stage startup funding. 2: We Focus on Early Stage SaaS.

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part I


Given that convertible debt financing has become the de facto standard for small (<$1MM), early stage deals in recent years, I thought I would write a primer on the elements of a term sheet and definitive documents for entrepreneurs looking at the earliest stage financing rounds. Experienced investors often don’t feel the need to involve legal counsel in most typical convertible debt seed or angel round investments.

Building a High-Tech Startup Team

Business Plan Blog

Aligning the Startup Team Strategy with the Capitalization Strategy. The single most important factor to raising capital for any tech startup is the management team. This is true for early stage funding as well as venture capital funding. Early Stage.

Boston’s WebInno Is Now BIG

Genuine VC

Each gathering showcases early stage startups in their infancy, not as a capital-raising pitch, but rather as a way to show off their product to peers for both exposure and feedback. Seed capital is more readily available, including of course through NextView Ventures. Back in June, the local Boston tech community together celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Web Innovators Group, affectionately known as “WebInno.”

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What Would Happen if you Built the Reverse of Amazon? It Might Look Something Like This …

Both Sides of the Table

Amazon was early in spotting a macro trend – that physical, local retail had a few key disadvantages. We pride ourselves on being early-stage (thus the name, Upfront) but in this case it’s as early as it gets. Amazon.

Stanford Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Grows

Campus Entrepreneurship

The leaders have seed funds that give students a chance to explore the feasibility of their ideas. Stanford is a leading campus when it comes to entrepreneurship and a new seed fund deepens the web of entrepreneurship on campus. Early stage investment firm North Bridge Venture Partners has joined with the Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) and announced a $75,000 seed capital competition.

Three New Types of AngelList Syndicates I Hope to See

Hunter Walker

Capital has lined up behind social proof – angels with notable reach or track record. Additionally, funds such as Foundry Group and Google Ventures have taken their own approaches – the former creating a separate early stage entity , the latter encouraging their seed stage partners to create standalone personal syndicates. With seed capital requirements which fall somewhere between a bank small business loan and venture.

Why Your Startup Hasn’t Gotten Funded


Let’s face it, the rules for getting a startup funded at the seed stage aren’t very clear. Note: When I say “seed stage startup,” I’m specifically referring to software/app startups that are eitherpre-product or early product.

Finance Fridays: Getting Started – Allocating Equity and Founder’s Investment

Feld Thoughts

Finance Friday’s gets off the ground with today’s post by introducing you to an imaginary startup, the entrepreneurs that we’ll being following throughout the series, and their first challenges: splitting up the founders’ equity and addressing the case where one of the founders provides the initial seed capital for the business. Jane indicated that the most she could invest in the company before they would have to seek other sources of capital was $50k.

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Are You Waiting For Capital To Launch Your Startup?


What stops a majority from moving ahead to the execution stage is funding. Most businesses – online or offline, need seed capital to get established and without access to these funds, launching a business can seem like an improbable dream. That seems like a lot of capital.

What Future for Accelerators?

Both Sides of the Table

I had witnessed a number of early-stage tech startups in LA raise seed capital from the Bay Area and relocate. We formed a partnership with some of our favorite early stage investors and friends including Jim Andelman at Rincon Ventures and Peter Lee at Baroda. Evan Rifkin in the early days of Burstly (well before he sold to Apple) with Adam Bain back when he was still back at Fox and before his stratospheric success with Twitter.

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6 Strategies When Searching For Angel Funding

Business Plan Blog

With venture capital becoming more and more of a bygone dream for early-stage companies, many startups want to turn to angel funding to raise capital but don’t know where to start. Download our free Raising Capital from Angel Investors eBook.

How Crowdfunding is Affecting Angel Group Investment

Business Plan Blog

In September of this year, the SEC voted to overturn the ban on “general solicitation” that made it illegal for companies to publicly advertise that they are raising capital. Download our free Raising Capital from Angel Investors eBook.

Convertible Debt: Worst Form Of Seed Financing — Except For All The Others


How to finance a new seed-stage startup? ” Ressi in particular seems to be passionate about removing the “debt” component from convertible debt seed financing transactions. Equity? Convertible debt? Convertible equity?

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part II


Last week , we gave some attention to the “why” behind convertible note financing for early stage startups. In case it isn’t clear by now, angel investors aren’t in the business of making risky early stage investments in order to earn 6% interest on their money, or even 10%— the upside is all in conversion to equity—so the interest rate isn’t a major point of negotiation. In most cases, an early stage startup will raise seed capital from more than one investor.

How I Got My First Round of Seed Funding

Up and Running

It’s a simple truth that every entrepreneur knows: Getting the capital to start or grow your business is often harder than running the business itself. I heard about the investing group when PopInShop was still very early-stage. Venture Capital and Angel Investors

How we changed the way the U.S. government commercializes science: Errol Arkilic — Part 1 of Episode 6 on Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank

My guests on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Errol Arkilic , former program director for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps), now founder of M34 Capital. What is M34 Capital?

Janvest Wants to Fill the Seed Investment Gap in Israel (Interview)

VC Cafe

A s venture funds struggle to raise money in Israel, seed capital, one of the earliest and riskiest stages of investment, is becoming harder and harder to secure. Janvest , a new seed fund of $5 million backed by American angel investors and chaired by the former head of the Mossad (Danny Yatom), saw an opportunity to fill the gap by making offering US-based angel investors the opportunity to tap into the Israeli startup industry.

The 5 Key Stages of Equity Funding

Growthink Blog

When seeking equity investments, the source of capital is, for the most part, tied to the stage of capital being raised. You see, equity capital is raised in stages or rounds. The five main stages include the following: 1. Pre-Seed Funding 2.

The Seeds Have Changed: An Epilogue to The New Venture Landscape

K9 Ventures

Almost two years ago, in a private/closed meeting with K9 Ventures’ LPs only, I claimed that: What was being referred to in the press as the “Series A Crunch” was not because fewer Series A deals were being done, but because there were too many Seed deals being done. This over-funding at the seed-stage created an increased supply of companies looking for Series A. There were massive late stage rounds because all the big funds wanted companies which already had traction.

JOBS Act to Change Startup Funding Landscape


The most important belt that the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act loosens concerns the amount of capital a new company may raise through the sale of securities in a 12-month period. Crowdfunding is an efficient way for entrepreneurs to raise seed capital," the editors wrote.

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Here’s How to Do PR on a Budget

Both Sides of the Table

Contrary to popular opinion I actually believe crowd-funding is best used after seed capital or venture capital. So my simple advice is to start PR as early as possible (and certainly earlier than most of your investors will advise) when you have your head around your product plans and are well into execution (or ready to launch) precisely because your recruiting, seed funding and initial user base may depend on it. I raised a small seed round.

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Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet


I recently got together with Aaron Shechet and an early stage startup to discuss the direction the company might want to take. You and I were talking about a startup recently and where they might go for seed stage funding, what is your impression on that aspect here in Los Angeles?

This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

Both Sides of the Table

Next Wednesday we’ll have Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners, a New York / LA early-stage venture capital fund. 9mm – Investor: Sequoia Capital (Michael Moritz) – Read more: TechCrunch , PaymentsViews.

The Summer of Initial Coin Offerings

Seeing Both Sides

Goldman Sachs and CB Insights recently reported that startups have raised over $1 billion in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) this summer — more than the total amount of venture capital raised during the same period. Need for growth capital.

Why Finders Are Losers

The Startup Lawyer

Whenever a startup considers paying a “finder&# for successful investor introductions, I have the same type of conversation with the founders that goes something like this: – Startup : “Finder&# knows a lot of investors and he’ll introduce us if we pay him [6]% of all capital raised through the introductions. The reality is, a tremendous amount of unregistered “brokers” (as defined by the SEC) are out there raising capital for companies.